Acton Memorial Library
OLD RESIDENT AND SUCCESSFUL
After a Long Illness Passed Away
Elbridge Jones Robbins, who was of the fifth generation of his name in Acton, died March 26th after quite a protracted and painful illness.
As his ancestors did service in the Colonial and Revolutionary wars he was among the first to enlist in the army that saved the union in the civil war. He was a member of the Capt. Prescott’s Concord company and fought near Rickett’s cavalry in the battel [sic] of Bull Run.
He was twice married. His first wife was Miss Ethel Ames, who died 36 years ago; his second wife was Miss Lillie Farnham, who survives him. He was the father of four children. His first child Grace died in infancy; his three sons George, Frederick and Chester survive him and are all actively and successfully engaged in business.
Though Mr. Robbins was a farmer his principal business for 56 years was dealing in neat cattle. For more than half a century he traded in Brighton market every week and was one of the best judges of cattle that ever visited Brighton. His rule was to keep his eyes open and his ears shut. Though a shrewd trader he always justified the confidence of farmers who committed their interests to his judgment in buying cattle.
The funeral was from his late home in East Acton on Sunday afternoon. The attendance of relatives and personal friends taxed the capacity of the commodious home. The floral tributes were profuse and very beautiful.
The services were conducted by Revs. F.B. Noyes of Scituate a native and long resident of Acton, and Rev. F.P.Wood of Acton. The ministers paid a tribute to Mr. Robbins as a citizen; he had served upon at least three of the town’s board of officers; referred to him as a soldier, a successful business man and as a husband and father.
The interment was in Woodlawn in soil that had been owned by Mr. Robbins and by four generation of his ancestors.